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Dr. Panda & Toto's Treehouse

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Delightful tree house feels like a kid's dream house.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Kids have to think critically to move around the tree house to do the activities Toto is thinking about, but there's no penalty for not finding the right items. The tap gestures are all preschool-friendly.

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Consumerism

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dr. Panda and Toto's Treehouse lets kids explore a cute turtle's fun tree-house home by playing, eating, and exploring. There are no instructions, and there's no wrong way to explore, but Toto shows kids through thought bubbles what he wants or needs. Toto's experiences will be familiar to most kids -- swinging, swimming, making sandwiches, taking baths -- and they can explore the tree house however they want or follow Toto's wishes. Parents can go into the settings and turn off the promotion ad for other apps as well as mute the background music.

What's it about?

Toto the turtle hatches from his egg into a tree house that would be the envy of any kid. In his tree house, Toto lives and plays as kids direct him. A pull-down shade shows all the spaces in the tree house, and kids can move Toto around by pulling down the shade and tapping where they want Toto to go. A pull-up shelf holds toys and necessities, such as shampoo and medicine that kids can give to Toto. Thought bubbles pop up to show kids what he wants or needs, but they don’t have to do those things right away if they want Toto to do something else.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

DR. PANDA & TOTO'S TREEHOUSE is pretty much a young kid's dream home. Toto doesn't take the stairs; he slides down. Kids are free to have Toto explore wherever they want in the tree house, following his thought-bubble instructions or taking him where they want him to go. Of course, they'll see some consequences, such as flies buzzing around Toto if they don't bathe him or meet his needs. Play continues, regardless. The interactions are adorable; tickling Toto with a feather, rocking him to sleep as he snores, and dancing to tunes are only a few of the delights. And, if kids take a little break and don't touch the screen for a few seconds, Toto's methods of getting their attention will produce some giggles.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about things they like to do that Toto does -- make sandwiches, eat ice cream, swim, and play. As you talk, compare and contrast your kids' routines to Toto's.

  • Encourage kids to make up a story about Toto and narrate it as they play.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Subjects:Arts: playing
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: thinking critically
Creativity: imagination
Emotional Development: empathy
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:August 14, 2014
Category:Education
Topics:Wild animals
Size:77.00 MB
Publisher:TribePlay
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up

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